Wednesday, August 22, 2012

On Our Doorstep


Hi everyone, this is Summer. Sorry it's been so long since we've posted. We planned to keep writing while we were in the process of moving, but it just didn't work out as we'd expected. Our plans to go to North Carolina fell through, so things changed at the last minute and we're living in Western NY. Our whole family is still living together, fortunately. No one was left behind, including pets. Inna and Maia have settled into new jobs - Maia is teaching again, and Inna is working at an art museum - and us girls are getting ready to start school soon. Blakeney is still job hunting but feeling optimistic.

We'd been procrastinating posting because we had so much else to do, but something big happened that I wanted to tell you about.

This afternoon, we heard a knock at the front door, and I went to answer it. I almost passed out when I saw Marigold standing on the doorstep.

As you may recall, Marigold suddenly dropped out of contact, and we had no way to reach her. First we thought maybe it was just a miscommunication, and then we were really worried... and then we just kind of accepted that we would probably never know. But then she showed up out of nowhere!

"Hi!" she said cheerfully, like nothing was amiss. Like she hadn't disappeared for over a month and left us worried sick. 

I tried to act cool about it, but I couldn't manage it. I'd been afraid that either I'd lost contact with my twin biological sister forever, or that something terrible had happened to her. I gave her a huge hug because I was so relieved.

"How did you get here?" I babbled, looking around for a taxi and not seeing one. "Can I help you carry your luggage inside?"

"I don't have any luggage," Marigold said. "I'm so excited to see you!"

I was surprised. She'd come all this way with just the clothes on her back? She wasn't even carrying a purse.  I guess the trip was just really spur of the moment.

"I'm happy to see you, too!" I said sincerely. "Do you need to call your parents and let them know you got here safely?"

She shook her head. "I'll call them later," she said rather vaguely. 

I guess it was a little weird, but I was so happy and relieved that I didn't care.

Then a little while later, I remembered I'd never given her our new address, because I haven't talked to her since all our plans changed.

Not that I mind, but... how did she get here? 

Love,
Summer

P.S. Here are some pictures of Marigold I took when she arrived, and a couple with me. We don't look very much like twins, huh? But we're fraternal, and Inna says she sees a resemblance in our faces. Maybe other people will see that too?







12 comments:

  1. Hi Summer! I'm glad that you're all settled down in the States. I know moving can be a really hard transition and very busy. I'm glad to see your blog posts again! :)

    It's wonderful that Marigold arrived. However, it worries me how she brought nothing and how she knew where you were living.

    Love,
    Reese <3

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    1. Summer says:

      Hi, Reese! Moving is definitely a busy time (and stressful) but we're happy to be back to blogging. You'll be hearing from some of my sisters again soon, too.

      We're glad Marigold is here, too. We're having a great time. We're worried also, though - I hope everything is okay for her.

      Love,
      Summer

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  2. Moshimoshi, Summer!

    I'm glad to see you posting again! :D Last minute moving plans seem wild! That's never happened to me, but I've moved twice. The first time was from my home in China to Japan with Tomoko's family, and the second time was to the U.S (again with Tomoko's family).

    You and Marigold do really look alike to me. I love you guys' hair! I had an older sister almost ten years ago, but she died when I was seven :-/

    -Eriko

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    1. Summer says:

      Hi, Eriko! It's good to be posting again.

      I'm sorry to hear about your sister's death, that's very sad.

      Thanks for the compliment about our hair. :-)

      It sounds like you've lived in really interesting places! Really cool! I've only ever lived in Canada and (as of very recently) the United States.

      Love,
      Summer

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    2. Moshimoshi (again), Summer!

      I nominated you guys' blog for the I Love Your Blog award!

      Bye for real this time, Eriko

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      That's really nice of you! Thanks, Eriko! :-)

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  3. hey, Summer! Glad to see another post, and that you're all okay!

    About Marigold... it's weird. I'm starting to have the sneaking suspicion that maybe she doesn't have parents, for some reason. Or something. And how in the world did she know where you were living? (I do know you can track people down, but it's still kind of odd.)

    Anyway, best of luck!

    ~Jess (Elizabeth's sister!)

    PS: Summer, you and Marigold do look alike!

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    1. Summer says:

      Thanks, Jess! It's good to be back.

      To be honest, I'm starting to wonder whether she has parents, too. If she does, they're bizarrely unconcerned about her, sending her off to a different country to stay with total strangers and not caring if she even phones to say she got there safely. (She still hasn't called anyone.) But how could a kid our age get by without anyone taking care of her?

      I've also wondered if she ran away. Maybe her parents mistreated her and she had to get out of the house fast? But she's not acting like someone who was traumatized. She seems like a perfectly happy person on a perfectly normal visit.

      I'm also confused about how she found us. You can find addresses and stuff online - but we moved from Canada barely more than a week ago, and we're still getting our arrangements set up. I don't think it updates quite that fast.

      I'm still not sure what to think about all this. But selfishly, I'm glad she's here.

      Love,
      Summer

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  4. Ok, that is really weird, how in the world could she have found you like that. Creepy, I am glad that the moving is over for you, we HATE to move, but have done it so many times.

    Keep us posted, and when you get a chance send us your new address so we can send postcards whenever we are traveling.

    Hugs Friends,
    Brya
    stonehaven@eoni.com

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    1. Summer says:

      Hi, Brya! It's great to see you again. We've missed you.

      As weird as the situation is (and we'll update about that soon,) it's been really fun to have Marigold here. She's a really cool person, and I'm glad to get the chance to spend time with her.

      We'll send you our new address!

      Love,
      Summer

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  5. Salut, Summer!
    Marigold certainly is gorgeous! Even if you two are fraternal twins, I can still see the resemblance. I'm an identical twin, and people still can't see how. I guess they expect for both of us to have the same hairstyles? That's not fun.
    Have fun catching up! I'm still curious about how she arrived to your place, though...did you ask her?
    Bisous,
    Sabine

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    1. Summer says:

      Hi, Sabine! I wonder if people thinking you and Sandrine look so different is partly because of your personalities being so not alike? Sometimes when people are really different on the inside, others can see it on the outside.

      It's kind of weird (not in a bad way) to have a twin all of a sudden. I knew I probably had biological siblings out there, but having a twin is still very mind blowing.

      Marigold says thanks for the compliment.

      Catching up has been great. Marigold has been telling us about her activities and about living in Toronto, but she hasn't said much about her family - and when we ask about her trip, she changes the subject.

      You know who this reminds me of? Senara, before she opened up to us. I don't mean to be paranoid, but I'm starting to think we have another mystery on our hands, twin or not.

      Love,
      Summer

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